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RIAA To Sue File Traders

26 Jun, 2003 By: Hive News


The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) will target with lawsuits citizens suspected of file-trading “substantial amounts” of copyrighted material as part of its ongoing enforcement efforts.

Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)president Jack Valenti expressed support for the tactic in the absence of simple alternatives. “It is our most sincere desire to identify a technological solution to the plague of piracy. Until that day, however, I do not believe in dismissing any option to defend creative works online.”

In a separate development, a bipartisan group of congressional representatives has formed the Congressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention to address the proliferating issues of copyrights, piracy and technology in the digital age.

The group expects to act as a Capitol Hill liaison with the RIAA, MPAA, the White House and consumer groups.

Just days after the group's formation, some observers leveled criticism at founding member Rep. Mary Bono, who has expressed a desire to take over as RIAA president after outgoing president Hilary Rosen leaves the post. Bono also inherited a substantial song catalog from her late husband, Sonny.

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